Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Classical Pilates Technique The Studio Equipment Series |
Actor: Classical Pilates Inc.
Director: Peter Fiasca
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Classical Pilates technique videos feature two of the most renowned Pilates professionals in the world, master instructor Bob Liekens and commentator Alycea Ungaro, who uphold the tradition and high ideals of Joseph Pilate... more »
A Collection Unsurpassed
Nutmeagen | Broadway | 01/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although the Classical Pilates Technique DVDs were not shot in an exotic location or on a luxurious set, these are the finest Pilates DVDs on the market. They exhibit the high standards of instruction required of all who were trained in the tradition of Romana Kryzanowska.I have read in other reviews that the instruction does not focus enough on the Breath and must offer my opinion. Joseph Pilates himself said: "Above all, learn to breathe properly." By that, Mr. Pilates meant to take full inhalations and complete exhalations. He believed in a deep lateral breath. My beginning students are always concerned with when to inhale and exhale and I tell them to be more concerned with how, not when, to breathe. The body will find its own natural pattern to assist in the movement.In Ms. Ungaro's directions, I have found a new path to familiar routines and with my own students, I now use many of the powerful images that Mr. Liekens delivers throughout his voiceovers. Two of the DVDs in the collection include discussions, from which much additional information about the Pilates method can be learned. All in all, this collection of Pilates instruction remains unsurpassed."
A Cool DVD Set
Brenda | Washington, DC | 11/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am so satisfied by Classical Pilates' work, that I decided to write this second review for the equipment DVD set. As I said for their Mat Workout Series, I am an exercise enthusiast who loves cross training: swimming, running, biking, tennis, and skiing. I started Pilates about a year ago and it helped every other activity I enjoy. So I bought about five Pilates mat DVDs from Amazon. I started looking for an equipment DVD because I am taking lessons from a certified intructor, and we use Pilates equipment. Since I loved Classical Pilates' Mat Workout Series, I decided to give this a try. Whoa! You cannot ask for a more thorough demonstration of the entire Pilates method. The work is amazing and has so much rich material to watch that I will never ever get bored (a problem I had with some other DVDs).As I said about the other Classical Pilates DVD, the instrucor is not just telling you what to do. He describes what you should be feeling and thinking. This is another level of depth entirely."
Nutmeagen | 01/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As an instructor, I highly recommend this Classical Pilates DVD for beginning through advanced clients. Even if you do not own the equipment, but take lessons regularly, this is a complete collection of exercises which you will learn from your instructors. Understanding the nuances involved in performing the exercises correctly on the equipment can take years to comprehend. Classical Pilates' DVDs illustrate these points clearly and succinctly. Congratulations to Classical Pilates for a spectacular presentation of the original Pilates method of body conditioning."
Unique & Amazing
Alexandria | New York, NY | 06/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I did not think it was possible to beautifully and expertly film almost all of the exercises on almost all of the equipment Joseph Pilates created, then bring it together into a single product. The professionalism, vision, and breadth of scope of this Classical Pilates video is in a rarefied class of its own. This 2-DVD set is expertly organized, fascinating to watch, and includes so many exercises that it's tempting to think of Classical Pilates' Studio Equipment Series as an artful encyclopedia that every Pilates training center, instructor, student, and enthusiast should own. Levels range from basic to super advanced.Until now, it seems that only equipment manufacturers have filmed aspects of Joseph Pilates' equipment. For example, there are videos of some intermediate-level Cadillac exercises, or beginning-level Wunda Chair exercises, or some exercises on a single barrel. Yet no other product on the market can compare to this Classical Pilates' Studio Equipment Series. There are a couple of reasons for this: (1) First, there are not many people remaining who truly know the full range of Joseph Pilates' original method; and (2) Pilates video producers are often NOT Pilates professionals who actually know how to teach; therefore, concern for sales precedes devotion to preserving Joseph Pilates' wonderful method.For those of us who love and teach the Pilates method, and especially the classical forms of the Pilates method, this Studio Equipment Series is truly an accomplishment of the highest order. This project is a work of art that must have taken unending hours of creative inspiration and perseverence. I can only believe that Classical Pilates has some of the most devoted and talented group of individuals in our profession. This DVD set, and the other Classical Pilates videos, are the best. I always recommend their videos to other instructors, as well as to my students, so that they understand how Pilates should eventually be practiced.Keep up the great work! I hope there is more to come from Classical Pilates."